New Seattle school boundary maps approved

Just after 11 p.m., the Seattle School Board unanimously approved the new boundary maps assigning which schools Seattle children will attend for years to come. The vote stretched into the night as directors added amendments to the plan, slightly adjusting boundaries here and there. For the Ballard area, the boundaries for Whittier Elementary/West Woodland and Loyal Heights Elementary/Adams Elementary were shifted slightly from last round of changes. The updated maps and address look-up tool will be available here by next week.

Above is a look at the new Loyal Heights/Adams Elementary boundary change. According to the Omnibus Amendment (.pdf), “Based upon current data, it is believed that moving the southern boundary for the Loyal Heights atttendence area from Northwest 75th Street to Northwest 73rd Street starting at 32nd Avenue Northwest running east to 24th Avenue Northwest, following the jog south in Northwest 73rd Ave at 28th Avenue Northwest to 24th Ave Northwest will result in a projections of 19 students shifting from Adams to Loyal Heights. This results in the projected enrollment at Adams moving from 13 in excess of functional capacity to 20 under functional capacity. Following the streets in this manner also ensures that the students who move into the Loyal Heights atttendence area are within the Loyal Heights walk zone.”

The southern boundary for Whittier Heights Elementary was adjusted from NW 67th to NW 65th St. Students north of 65th will go to Whittier, while students south of 65th will go to West Woodland.

The biggest remaining controversy was the dividing line between Ballard High School to the south with Ingraham High School to the north.

“Many families would’ve liked to have seen the boundary for Ballard to be further north than 85th St., especially those communities, North Beach, Blue Ridge, Olympic Manor, which now largely attend Ballard High School,” explained Seattle Schools Director Peter Maier. “I wish it would’ve been possible… but there simply isn’t the capacity at Ballard High School to do that while we’re serving the entire city.”

From here, a transitional plan will be developed, taking into consideration sibling grandfathering, transportation and educational programs for schools that will reopen. Viewlands Elementary is slated to reopen in 2011.

128 comments on “New Seattle school boundary maps approved”

  1. And that – right there – is the type of superior attitude that will be entering BHS. Affluent = Good Grades/Kids/Parents.

  2. Because that would require foresight and planning – two things Seattlites seem to be completely inept at! Just look at 520, the viaduct, public transit, etc., etc. Long term planning simply isn't something this city is good at.

    Honestly, with all the development going in South Lake Union it's just a matter of time until the people living there start raising families and will need a school to send them to. They really should start planning for that now instead of waiting until it's too late.

  3. Amen! I grew up in AZ and lived in the Bay Area – two places where natives are few and far between. Here in Seattle it amazes me how many people grew up here, went to school here, and are now raising their families here. Granted, it is a GREAT place to live but at the same time it really is pretty provincial (not always a bad thing, BTW) and personally I can't imagine why someone would want to spend their whole lives in just one area. It's a big world and worth exploring!

  4. You're an idiot. There have been plenty of studies that show who your parents are has a much greater impact on how successful you will be in life than where you go to high school. I'm guessing you're one of those teachers who thinks a 53% passing rate on WASL is perfectly acceptable! It must be lonely in the middle…

  5. A snide comment based on personal experience with people from North Beach and Blue Ridge.

    One of my children went to North Beach for one year. We picked it over our neighborhood/reference school, Loyal Heights, because of the impressive PTA and the match curriculum. We were super excited to put our child there.

    What we found was a community that generally (there were exceptions) did not seem all that welcoming to families with a pair of working parents nor to our child's spirited personality. Everyone seemed overly obsessed with WASL scores, which given the small size of the school, could easily swing to a less-than-district-average with just a couple of less-than-average kids in a given class year.

  6. You're a moron. I know 4 people who have their kids in private school:
    One works at REI, one is a firefighter, one is a machinist and the fourth is a Seattle public high school teacher. Do any of those sound like wealthy occupations? Those parent work their but off so they can send their kids to private schools because they care about their kids. BTW, what does it say about our schools when the people who teach in them send their kids to private school?

    “i would rather my kid learn to deal with a larger classroom size and less supplies than trying to fit in with all the kids who feel a sense of entitlement b/c their parents can afford private school. “

    Brilliant attitude. Using your “logic” they would be even better off by being dropped on a deserted island! Just think how much they'd learn!

    “i would also have them deal with the challanges/pitfalls of pot and alcohol over the distribumtion of their moms prescription pills.”

    Or you could be a responsible parent and talk to them about drugs/alcohol. Just a thought…

  7. And that's called rude. Hope you don't pass it on to your kids. Deal with that.

  8. Well, that's often the reaction I have to people who are confused and bothered by reality.

  9. Your response bothered me, but it didn't confuse me, You made yourself preety clear.

  10. Theravadist is correct. The affluent use their power and money to create larger and larger wedges between them and the less fortunate.

    It's just reality. If you want to move ahead… don't work in the system. Work around it. As Theravdist says, deal with it. Figure out, by any means necessary, how to get yours. And as long as you don't get caught, you haven't done anything wrong. That's the game, plain and simple.

    The affluent get that. Magnolia/QA get that. Until people realize that metaphorical casualties need to happen, we'll just be stuck on the same ride. This is why I don't shed a tear thinking about bankrupting Seattle Public Schools, if that's what it takes. Although, of course I'd hope that we could make forward progress short of that.

  11. Bigblue, all principals are nicer when they're not yours :-)

    You do realize that the IB program at Ingraham was supposed to also be an all-city draw. So its location is not the reason why they didn't do the program there. Additionally, Cleveland is not centrally located. It is about as far South as Ballard is North.

    The reason why Cleveland became an option school was to ensure Magnolia/QA children don't go to Garfield. Because with Cleveland as a neighborhood school it would be ridiculous to argue otherwise. Magnolia/QA effectively made it an option school — and frankly it already looks like the board doesn't know what they're doing with STEM there.

    And the Cleveland technical program will only be a draw to the less affluent if it sucks. If it gets any traction, expect that it will be overrun by the affluent relatively quickly.

  12. Reality is that your idea is the basis of inbreeding and why so many odiots run things today and why we are in such a mess in this country.

  13. Sleeepynb: “Do you know how much Ballard Beaver coffee I have in my freezer?

    let's see, there's two 2lbs bags of French Roast beans, 1lbs of ground Sumatran, and whatever's left of the decaf, say 1/2lbs. S0 5 1/2 lbs.

  14. Because Seattlites dont want to pay for it and buildings do not build themselves out of air. Take a poll of your neighbors as to how much more in property taxes they would be willing to pay.

  15. “QA & Magnolia are basically separated from Ballard by the bridge”

    It's a draw bridge though so we're only neighbors when it's down. When it's up we are more neighborly with Olympic Manor et al.

  16. bus schedules and routes have and will change to accomodate shifting public school student ridership.

  17. ” why we are in such a mess in this country.”

    I'm pretty sure not many folks up on QA and Magnolia defaulted on their liar-loans. I welcome them to BHS.

  18. If kids from Ballard start knocking up kids from Queen Anne and vice versa how can that be inbreeding? Particularly if that tramp Magnolia steals Ballard from Queen Anne right before the prom but remains “friends with benefits” with Queen Anne behind Ballard's back?

    My point is that we are three different communities and with all that mixing we'll be the opposite of inbred, like if a rainbow could be just white.

  19. Actually its worse. There's a reason why the metro scheduler doesn't give you that route… during rush hour you can't get on the bus after it leaves the transit center (not because you're not allowed, but because it's full). It gets filled up at the transit center and then you can't pick it up at that stop.

  20. Yep. They'll probably get rid of all the routes up to Ingraham… they'll need the buses to give door-to-door service for the QA kids to get to BHS.

  21. Yep. And I'll bet they get some of those candy buses, with the chocolate sprinkles. It will ride on a rainbow so as to avoid traffic.

  22. A quick search brought up 31 current foreclosures in Magnolia and 60 on Queen Anne. Ballard indicated 53 currently in foreclosure.

  23. Probably the northern reaches of Magnolia and QA, which are nearly Ballard! 8>)

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